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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Guitar Factory - Tony Mottola

Come Together
Enoch Light Presents
Tony Mottola's Guitar Factory
Project 3 Total Sound PR 5044 SD

From the back cover: Tony's enthusiastic admirers include the top professional guitarists who are in greatest demand, and, as a tribute to the master, three of them perform with Tony on this recording. They are Vinnie Bell, Bucky Pizzarelli and Jay Berliner. The rhythm section is a recording engineer's dream and includes Dick Hyman on organ and piano (courtesy of Command Records), Russell George on Fender Bass and Bill Lavorgna on drums.

This album is a blend of Mottola/Command/Project 3 space age light pop and a kitchen sink full of 60s rock pop guitar effects. Of course, between the four feature guitarists, they probably invented half of the approaches.  The track "Come Together" doesn't reflect the vibe of the entire LP, but is the more "edgy" tune. "Bewitched", on the other hand is a straight forward Mottola jazz track. The cover of "Spinning Wheel" is also pretty amazing.

All of the tracks play off one and other nicely and the engineering is excellent.

Come Together
Chewy-Chewy Gum-Gum
Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday
Lay, Lady, Lay
Guitar Thing
Sugar Sugar
Spinning Wheel

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